Man Painting the Lanterns
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A man with a thin beard is depicted full face. He is turned three quarters to the right. The man is depicted sitting on a wooden bench. He is dressed in a long blue shirt, white apron, white pants, and black fabric shoes. The man is painting a cylindrical-shaped braided lantern that is lying on his knees with a brush and red paint. The etching comes from the album "Chinese Customs and National Costumes", which includes 60 images of Chinese people engaged in various activities. Each image is accompanied by an explanation in German; some of them are written in French. In the eighteenth century, artists in Canton (Guangzhou) in southern China created such paintings for Europeans seeking to learn more about China and its people.
In the lower left corner, there is a calligraphic inscription "Pu-Qua.Canton. Delin'' made in Indian ink. In the lower right corner, there is an inscription "Dadley.London.Sculpt". There is a number "45" in the upper right corner.